California court says parents must be credentialed to home school

Should home schooling parents have teaching degrees? A California court believes so. The transcript of the court ruling is linked in this Mercury News article.Apparently, these parents thought they had their kids in an approved private school but the judges in this child abuse case thought otherwise.My suspicion is that this ruling will not be sustained by higher courts. … [Read more...]

House passes mental health parity legislation

I posted about HR 1424 recently, noting that the mental health parity bill was going to be voted on soon. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed HR 1424. See this New York Times report for details.Today an email from the American Mental Health Counselors Association HQ provided more background.E-News from WashingtonVol. 08-12March 6, 2008 House Passes Historic Parity Legislation! On March 5th the House of Representatives passed comprehensive legislation … [Read more...]

Exodus International turns full focus on ministry, away from public policy

I welcome this announcement - Exodus President Alan Chambers disclosed on ExgayWatch this evening that Exodus let their Director of Government Affairs go in August, 2007 and is going to concentrate on ministry.  His personal blog contains additional personal reflections on a recent thread at XGW authored by Wendy Gritter, Director of New Direction ministry.  Early in February, I was pleased to highlight Wendy's keynote address at the Exodus Leadership Conference where she called for a change of f … [Read more...]

McCain gains delegates needed to win nomination – "We make history"

McCains wrapped things up tonight. In his speech celebrating his wins, he was inspiring with this killer segment:We're the world's leader, and leaders don't pine for the past and dread the future. We make the future better than the past. We don't hide from history. We make history. That, my friends, is the essence of hope in America, hope built on courage, and faith in the values and principles that have made us great.I like it. … [Read more...]

Mental health parity bill (HR 1424) debated this week

A bill that would force employers to provide mental health and addictions treatment coverage on par with medical conditions will be debated again this week. I say again because parity as a concept has been debated for a decade. It appears that this bill or something akin to it (HR 1424; SB 558) might pass this time has this description:Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007 - Amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 … [Read more...]

Genes and sexual orientation: Tale of two activists

Over at Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), Pete LaBarbera alerted his readers that he was on WGN last night in connection with a story about "gay genes." He noted in a mass email yesterday (did anyone see it?):Americans For Truth will be featured tonight in a story on the cable super-station WGN-TV, based in Chicago, concerning the latest academic pursuit of the "gay gene." It will air between 9:00 and 10:00 Central Time on WGN which reaches across the country. You can learn more … [Read more...]

Photographer focus of human rights complaint

The Washington Times reported Monday that a New Mexico photographer is defending herself against a human rights inquiry because she declined to take wedding pics for a lesbian nuptual. Should the photog, Elaine Huguenin, have to do the job?What if this was a Catholic photographer who refused a Protestant wedding? Or what if it was a polyamorous wedding? What if it was a florist who did not send flowers? Or a caterer? Or what if it was a counselor who did not want to provide pre-marital … [Read more...]

Pew Forum releases major study of religion in the US

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a major study of religion in the US today. The LA Times has one news report summarizing the findings. Protestants are declining but overall 8 of 10 people say they are Christians. Lots of other findings at the Pew Forum website... … [Read more...]